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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
1807 - 1882

American poet and playwright, author of Voices of Night and other works


In the elder days of Art, Builders wrought with great care, Each minute and useen part; For the Gods see everywhere.

from "The Builders"
Oh, fear not in a world like this, And thou shalt know erelong, Know how sublime a thing it is To suffer and be strong.

from Psalms of Life
Nor deem the irrevocable Past, As wholly wasted, wholly vain, If rising on its wrecks, at last, To something nobler we attain.

1858 - from The Ladder of Saint Augustine
The heights by great men reached and kept Were not attained by sudden flight, But they while their companions slept Were toiling upward in the night.

1858 - from The Ladder of Saint Augustine
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have done.

Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time.

from Psalms of Life